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People | Current Graduate Students

Shannon Abelson

Name: Shannon Abelson

Email: abelson at indiana.edu

I work in philosophy of physics (especially spacetime), scientific methodology, particularly modeling, and scientific confirmation. I also have strong interests in history of analytic philosophy, climate science, and philosophy of biology.

Zara Anwarzai

Name: Zara Anwarzai

Email: zanwarza at iu.edu

I graduated from Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2015, with a double major in Philosophy and Cross-Cultural Studies and a minor in Francophone Studies. After completing my undergraduate degree, I went to Luxembourg as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. I remained in Luxembourg for an additional year to see through my research, utilize my French, and learn German. After coming back to the US, I worked in editorial at a publishing company.

My interests include Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language, and action theory. I am currently pursuing a joint degree in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. I played soccer and the viola (never concurrently, unfortunately) throughout most of my life. I think about reality TV a lot.

Autumn Averitt

Name: Autumn Averitt

Email: aaveritt at indiana.edu

I received my B.A. in philosophy from Baylor University in 2014. My interests are varied, but mostly hover around what I find central to understanding human nature. Thus far, philosophy of mind, free will, and metaethics dominate my attention. When avoiding the various existential crises imminent in further philosophizing, I enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and climbing.

Alexander Buchinski

Name: Alexander Buchinski

Email: abuchins at iu.edu

Alex has a BA and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and a JD from the University of Victoria. His primary research interest is the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (especially Kant’s theoretical, practical, and legal philosophy). His secondary research interest is 19th and 20th Century German Philosophy (especially Fichte, Hegel, Marx, and Heidegger). He is also interested in early modern, medieval, and ancient philosophy.

Luke Capek

Name: Luke Capek

Email: lcapek at iu.edu

David Dake

Name: Dan Dake

Email: rddake at indiana.edu

I received my MA in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. Broadly, I am interested in the following areas: epistemology, metaphysics, and moral philosophy. Specifically, I focus on solutions to external world skepticism, the nature of taste experience, and the nature and role of non-deontic reactive attitudes. When not studying philosophy, I revel in all things poetic and gustatory. Herbert, Hopkins, and Mandelstam are my constant companions. Meal-designing, bread-making, and wine-drinking are essential activities of the everyday.

Logan Douglass

Name: Logan Douglass

Email: logadoug at indiana.edu

Uri Eran

Name: Uri Eran

Email: urieran at indiana.edu

I am primarily interested in Kant's practical philosophy, and in the relation between moral and political philosophy. I also have interests in moral psychology and motivation, and in Ancient ethics. When too tired to philosophize, I like to play and listen to music.

Martina Favaretto

Name: Martina Favaretto

Email: mfavaret at indiana.edu

David Fisher

Name: David Fisher

Email: dffisher at indiana.edu

I have a BA in philosophy from the University of Vermont and an MS in math from George Mason University. The following quote by Achille Varzi (given in a different context) aptly describes my research priorities: "Metaphysics comes first, as long as logic is already there."

Fostervold

Name: Kjell Fostervold

Email: kfosterv at iu.edu

Originally from Minnesota, I hold a B.A. in philosophy from St. Cloud State University and a M.A. in philosophy from Texas Tech University. My main philosophical interests revolve around value theory and the normative, including metaethical questions concerning the truth and objectivity of ethical judgments, the structure and nature of practical reason, and all things related to the virtues and Aristotle. I also have interests in social and political philosophy, Wittgenstein, and philosophical methodology. Beyond philosophy, I’m interested in intellectual history and literature, and can often be found enjoying craft beer while listening to classic rock and metal much louder than is healthy or necessary.

Katrina Haaksma

Name: Katrina Haaksma

Email: kajahaak at iu.edu

Paul Howatt

Name: Paul Howatt

Email: pjhowatt at iu.edu

Katja Kaelin

Name: Katja Kaelin

Email: kakaelin at indiana.edu

Suzanne Kawamleh

Name: Suzanne Kawamleh

Email: skawamle at indiana.edu

Mary-Mariam Kennedy

Name: Mariam Kazanjian

Email: maelkenn at indiana.edu

Mary-Ethan Kerns

Name: Ethan Kerns

Email: ethdkern at iu.edu

Tim Leisz

Name: Tim Leisz

Email: twleisz at indiana.edu

Daniel Lindquist

Name: Daniel Lindquist

Email: danlindq at indiana.edu

Daniel got a BA in theology from Southern Nazarene University, and then a MA in the humanities from the University of Chicago. He likes Wittgenstein, Davidson, Germans, and McDowell.

Daniel Linsenbardt

Name: Daniel Linsenbardt

Email: djlinsen at indiana.edu

Name: Monica Morrison

Email:moamorri at iu.edu

Ricky Mouser

Name: Ricky Mouser

Email:rimouser at iu.edu

Sean Murphy

Name: Sean Murphy

Email: murphyst at indiana.edu

My main areas of research are 19th century German philosophy, especially Arthur Schopenhauer, moral philosophy, and aesthetics. In my dissertation I offer a new reading of Schopenhauer's account of rational agency centered on his notion of the acquired character. My work on Schopenhauer has informed my research interests in moral philosophy, which include moral psychology, moral epistemology (e.g. moral perception and intuition), moral sentimentalism, and nihilism and pessimism as ethical worldviews and meta-axiological positions. In aesthetics, I am interested in the philosophy of literature, the cognitive value of art, and issues of aesthetic normativity, especially questions about what it is legitimate to expect and demand of art, and the exact nature of these expectations and demands. I also maintain a secondary interest in Adorno and Frankfurt School Critical Social Theory.  

Joshua Paschal

Name: Joshua Paschal

Email: jospasch at iu.edu

Email: spearlma at iu.edu

Savannah graduated from Brandeis University magna cum laude in 2012, majoring in Philosophy and minoring in French and Politics. After working as a higher education administrator for two years, Savannah returned to school, receiving her MA in Philosophy from Tufts University in 2016. She is primarily interested in the intersection of Epistemology and Logic. Most recently, she has been preoccupied with the truth value of knowledge sentences, and whether such values vary by the context of utterance.

Paul Shephard

Name: Paul Shephard

Email: pshephar at indiana.edu

I received my B.A. from the State University of New York at Fredonia with a double major in philosophy and economics, and I received my M.A. in philosophy from Northern Illinois University. My main areas of concern are epistemology, ethics, and metaphysics (specifically the free will debate). I also enjoy dabbling in other areas that often intersect with epistemology, such as philosophy of language and metaethics. Outside of philosophy, I am a rabid Buffalo Bills fan and player of every inexpensive sport.

Josiah Skogen

Name: Josiah Skogen

Email: jskogen at iu.edu

Andrew Smith

Name: Andrew Smith

Email: smith986 at iu.edu

My research is focused on the history of analytic philosophy - primarily W.V. Quine, Rudolf Carnap, and Gottlob Frege - and an array of issues in epistemology and metaphysics (both broadly construed) that arise from my historical work, including philosophical naturalism, ontology and meta-ontology, truth by convention, theories of truth, sense and nonsense, the analytic-synthetic distinction, empiricism, the epistemology of logic and mathematics, and external world skepticism. I also have research interests in philosophy of language, logic and the philosophy of logic, philosophy of mathematics, and general philosophy of science, as well as teaching interests in ethics and business ethics.

Kyle Stroh

Name: Kyle Stroh

Email: strohk at iu.edu

Name: Ferhat Taskin

Email: ftaskin at iu.edu


Levi Tenen

Name: Levi Tenen

Email: ltenen at indiana.edu

My research lies in Value Theory, where I explore different kinds of value discussed in Ethics, Environmental Philosophy, and Aesthetics.

Natural ecosystems, heritage sites, artworks, religious relics, monuments, family heirlooms, and certain animals (such as pets) are all highly valued. Yet in what ways does it make sense to value them? It is relatively uncontroversial that some things have intrinsic value—or have value even “in absolute isolation,” to borrow the words of G. E. Moore—while other things have mere instrumental value. Yet, arguably, the foregoing entities are valued neither largely for their intrinsic properties, nor merely for the sake of other things. Rather, they have other kinds of value, some of which may fall under the “intrinsic” or “instrumental” headings, but many of which do not: they have aesthetic value, historical value, and final value; they are valued as symbols, as constituents of some larger whole, or as having what C. I. Lewis calls “inherent” value. Throughout my work, I explore these different kinds of value, particularly in how they relate to each other, and in how they manifest in the foregoing entities.


Ivan Verano

Name: Ivan Verano

Email: iverano at indiana.edu

I hold a B.A. Universidad de Los Andes, an M.A. Philosophy, Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Bogotá, Colombia), and a M.Sc. Logic, Computation and Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University. I am interested in formal representations of knowledge, the epistemic logics that may result, and the computational properties of said models. As a secondary interest, I often ponder the aesthetic properties of beer and similar beverages.

Harrison Waldo

Name: Harrison Waldo

Email: hwaldo at indiana.edu

Jacob Walerius

Name: Jacob Walerius

Email: jawaler at iu.edu

Alexander Webb

Name: Alexander Webb

Email: afwebb at iu.edu

Elizabeth Williams

Name: Elizabeth Williams

Email: ecw3 at iu.edu

Douglas Yetman

Name: Douglas Yetman

Email: dyetman at iu.edu